Dr. iur. Richard Menapace, LL.M. (Harvard)

Of coun­sel

Tel:+49 (0)89 219996–0
Fax:+49 (0)89 219996–99

Professional Background

1999 – 2014

Legal Mem­ber of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO

3.2.06 (mechan­ics), 3.3.01 und 3.3.09 (chem­istry), 3.5.03 (physics)

Mem­ber of the Pre­sid­i­um of the Boards of Appeal

Enlarged Board of Appeal (since 2006)

Legal Board of Appeal

Dis­ci­pli­nary Board of Appeal (since 2000)

1985 – 1999

Direc­torate Patent Law at the EPO (also Head of Unit)

Legal aspects of the grant and oppo­si­tion pro­ce­dure (inter­nal and exter­nal consulting)

Legal­ly qual­i­fied mem­ber of Oppo­si­tion Divi­sions (spe­cial legal ques­tions, tak­ing of evi­dence, in par­tic­u­lar wit­ness hearings)

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in and, in part, also draft­ing of the word­ing of amend­ments to sev­er­al reg­u­la­tions (in par­tic­u­lar EPC Imple­ment­ing Reg­u­la­tions, Direc­tives, inter­nal Instruc­tions), legisla­tive imple­men­ta­tion of the offi­cial pol­i­cy and the case law of the Boards of Appeal

1983 – 1985

Attor­ney-at-law in Salzburg


LL.M. Har­vard Law School


Grad­u­ate of Col­lège d’Europe, Brügge/Belgium


Dr. iur. Uni­ver­sität Wien


  • Ger­man
  • Eng­lish
  • French
  • Ital­ian

(Eng­lish and Ital­ian: cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as court interpreter)

Foto: con­nol­ly weber, München